Josie was an octopus for Halloween and (I'm so proud to say) we made her costume ourselves.
We got the idea from a photo on pinterest, but it was only a photo and not the directions.
We were forced to wing the design and the manufacture. There's no need for you to do so, though. I kept track of what we we did and consider this post a tutorial.
Here's what you need: one knit cap, one tshirt, four pairs of tights, a bag of stuffing, white and black felt and some sort of elastic band or belt.
Josie wore one pair of tights and we stuffed the other three.
We glued felt eyes onto the cap:
... and then we called it a day. But before we finished, Josie modeled the ensemble so we could get an idea if we were headed in the right direction. On this day, we just tucked the other pairs of tights into her waist band - which is when we learned that they were much too heavy to stay there all night long.
I bought some 1 1/2 inch elastic and sewed the tights to the elastic using my sewing machine. This was a better idea than our improvised tucking since the thick elastic handled the weight of the stuffed tights and the whole apparatus could be conceiled under Josie's shirt.
Here's the finished product:
As you can see, Josie was very proud of her costume.
And I was pretty proud, too.
My name may be Martha, but I'm hardly Martha Stewart.
Josie went trick or treating with her friend Eva (and Gordy).
They reported that everyone liked her costume but more than a few thought she was a spider.
But that's okay. Spiders are cute, too.